Truth Rules

A blog for fans of Clay Aiken. It may take a while but in the end, truth will win out over lies. Keep it clean, no threats ... and if I don't like what you say I own the delete key.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Clay Aiken: Fact or fiction?

Broadway.TV wrote a very nice article about Clay Aiken and pointed out that "‘Clay Aiken’ is a household name. And more often than not, negative press is the press that is printed. Be it fact or fiction." If you pay attention to the number of articles written, one of Clay's trips for UNICEF might get a couple of dozen press mentions but if he accidentally bumped into someone there would be hundreds of mentions all over the globe. Gossip bloggers would pick it up, add their own salacious spin to the story, and go on and on about that for months afterwards and, just in case you forgot, they would be sure to report the story again in their year end wrap ups. These same gossip magazines and bloggers have no qualms about reporting pure fiction as fact either.

With that in mind lets take a look back at 2008 and what is verifiable fact when it comes to what Clay has done this past year.

Starting with Januay, Clay organized the first annual "Golfing for Inclusion" tournament and dinner to benefit the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, held at the Mirasol Country Club in Palm Beach, FL. PGA Professional Wayne Player was there hosting along with Clay and gave lessons.

From there Clay hopped a plane to New York City to rehearse for his role as Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot. He made his Broadway debut on January 18th. In addition to performing in 8 shows a week, Clay spent his days in the recording studio recording his new album. He also made time to help out with the fund raisers for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Clay ended his Spamalot run on May 4th and his album, On My Way Here was released on May 6th. After previewing the album on QVC and some NY appearances Clay headed out to LA for more album promo with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

June 1st Clay sang the song Sarah from the musical "The Civil War" during a gala for the Ford Theatre attended by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush. He was hounded by paparazzi because of a story TMZ posted claiming he was going to be a father but more on that later. This is one of the gossip items that was picked up by hundreds of media sites all over the world.

At the end of June, Clay left on another mission for UNICEF. This time to Somalia and Kenya. Sadly, only a handful of media sites bothered to report on this visit. The links to Clay's field notes for this trip were posted here.

On August 8th Clay announced on his official blog that Jaymes Foster had given birth to their son, Parker Foster Aiken and that both mom and baby were doing fine. Clay's announcement put an end to the speculation caused by the TMZ story that broke at the end of May. It also sent shockwaves all over but set the gossip sites to salivating for more negative press. You could imagine them sitting there rubbing their hands together with glee waiting to see how many of Clay's fans would desert him.

Clay returned to Broadway to reprise his role playing Sir Robin in Spamalot in September. He said that because of Parker he wanted to be in one spot rather than traveling all over the country in a tour bus. He wrote on his blog that he and Jaymes were trying to figure out the best way to introduce Parker and on September 26th they did. On the cover of People magazine, with the headline "Yes, I'm Gay". Besides the interview he did with People he also appeared on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. He talked about Jaymes and Parker and although unconventional they are a family. The sad part is that so many, even recently CNN, insist on referring to Jaymes as a surrogate and ignore the fact that Clay and Jaymes are raising their child together.

Clay was back in Raleigh for a few days in October for his Champions for Change gala for the Bubel/Aiken Foundation. They reported raising $500,000.00. Then it was back to NYC and Spamalot with Jaymes and Parker. He was a guest at the Friar's Club Roast of Matt Lauer and took some ribbing there.

On November 26 he appeared with Rosie O'Donnell on her Rosie Live Special. Thanksgiving morning he visited The Early Show's Dave Price and Maggie Rodriguez during their coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS. He also did an interview with Jann Carl of Entertainment Tonight which they split into several segments and aired on several different dates.

Clay Aiken told People magazine in a December interview that the birth of his son Parker was the most important event of his year and his life. He joined with other UNICEF ambassadors for their 12 Days of Christmas blogs. Clay's blog posted on Christmas Day. He filmed a segment about his foundation with Geraldo Rivera for his show The Waiting List which aired on the FNC network. To top off the year, Clay's caricature was drawn and presented to him by the owner of Sardi's in New York City. It now hangs on the their wall.

Clay's last day in Spamalot is January 4th and then it's back home to North Carolina with Jaymes and Parker for some well deserved Daddy time.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Clay Aiken - E!'s True Hollywood Story

E! left one thing out of their True Hollywood Story on Clay Aiken. His voice. They mentioned it a few times but the focus was more on his rise to fame. Talking about his voice without any audio was disappointing to this viewer .

What they didn't tell you was how his last album, On My Way Here, is so different than his previous albums. This is the album where Clay had creative control and it's a better reflection of who he is as an artist. They also didn't mention the one song on the album that Clay wrote to music written by David Foster and how haunting this song is. When he sang this song during last years summer tour the audiences were so quiet while he sang you could hear a pin drop and then erupted into thunderous applause.

Here are a couple of of my favorites from On My Way Here. Actually, there are so many songs on this album that I love it's hard to pick a favorite.

Everything I Don't Need

Where I Draw the Line

Something About Us

Lover All Alone

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Past & Present

It's just not Christmas without listening to Clay Aiken sing Christmas songs. One of my favorites is Little Drummer Boy. A few years ago, Clay was on Nick @ Nite and, thanks to modern technology, sang this in a duet with Bing Crosby. I found a clip of the performance on YouTube. When we found out that Clay was releasing a Christmas album I was hoping that this duet would be on there. Clay's voice and Bing's voice sound so good together.

The Past:

The Present:

A Christmas card from Clay. Go to ClayOnline (you don't need to be a member for this) to get a copy for your own page or to send to friends.

You can get Clay's Merry Christmas with Love on Amazon or iTunes and his followup EP All Is Well, Songs for Christmas on iTunes.

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